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Son of Sam loophole may help killer get kids' cash

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Legal experts say a New York court case has exposed a possible loophole in the Son of Sam law.

Because Leatrice Brewer was found not guilty by reason of mental disease after drowning her three children in a Long Island bathtub in 2008, she may be eligible to a share of the children's $350,000 estate.

That money is from a lawsuit the children's fathers settled after claiming county social services workers failed to properly monitor Brewer and her children.

Son of Sam laws are intended to prevent convicted criminals from profiting from their crimes. New York was the first state to enact such a law in the 1970s following the capture of notorious serial killer David Berkowitz.

A court hearing in Brewer's case is scheduled for next month.

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